HOOSIER RIVERWATCH WORKSHOP HELD AT STORMWATER RESOURCE CENTER
The Merrillville Stormwater Resource Center hosted a Hoosier Riverwatch Workshop at its offices on August 5, 2015. Chauncre Sprouse, a Riverwatch volunteer, served as the facilitator. Attendees were elementary science teachers from the Merrillville Community School Corporation. At the beginning of the program, Matt Lake, the Executive DIrector of the Merrillville Stormwater Utility, discussed the utility's function and Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requirements and gave brief remarks about the purpose of Hoosier Riverwatch and water quality within regional watersheds. The full-day workshop included a presentation of watersheds, water pollution and other water quality issues and also hands-on sample testing of water located in a Turkey Creek tributary located just west of the Stormwater Resource Center property. The Merrillville school teachers will incorporate what they learned at the training into their classrooms and curriculum for their students. The Hoosier Riverwatch is a volunteer program designed to teach citizens the basic principles of water quality monitoring. IDEM provided Hoosier Riverwatch manuals to the teachers who attended. Additional information can be found at www.hoosierriverwatch.com.
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